Autotech Academy has generated a great level of interest within the automotive aftermarket and with both colleges and students alike. As with any new initiative there are many questions so we have taken the time to answer the questions we have been asked and dispel any myths to help people fully understand the many benefits an internship with Autotech Academy will deliver.
There is zero cost to colleges as the automotive industry will provide the funding via a paid internship.
Only in a positive way. Autotech Academy offers the college improved destination data as the students have a defined destination on completion of their course. This can lead to the department securing more funding in the future as we only take on students once they have competed their course.
No. Autotech Academy’s team of specialists are well versed in working with both colleges and automotive employers. One of the key bottlenecks to automotive recruitment is colleges not having the right contacts within the industry, we do. Once the college is signed up, the Academy team will supply a support pack to promote the initiatives to learners. We work with colleges to identify suitable learners and provide information on any relevant roles which arise.
Once we sign a college up to Autotech Academy the team works to connect with automotive employers within the local area, and colleges will be notified of any internship opportunities. The Academy team will then work with the learner to apply for the role and prepare for the interview.
This is a misconception. Autotech Academy’s internship opportunity compliments apprenticeships as students don’t repeat learning and instead, apply the skills they have learned at college in the workplace.
We do not take on students until they have fully completed their college education.
Autotech Academy’s internship is a simple concept. We place students into a garage or maintenance repair business on a paid internship lasting from 3 to 12 months, depending on their qualification and area of interest. We pay the student a monthly wage, provide them with all the necessary equipment they need including, a Teng Tools tool kit, standard PPE, and uniform. Ongoing training will also be offered to each intern via a manufacturer training course, or an approved OEM standard training partner such as Bosch. During the internship, a placement mentor will be appointed to help the student with their daily work, while the Academy team provides ongoing support. We will also provide Level 3 IMI Electric/Hybrid vehicle training and any other industry-relevant training, such as ADAS, over the course of the internship period.
No, we try to ensure that the intern gets a fully rounded experience. Including working within the parts department and on the service desk. The industry is suffering from a skills shortage across all areas so providing the interns with the opportunity to try out different roles will help them make the career choice which is right for them.
Yes. The concept is not unlike our temporary recruitment model, where garages pay an hourly fee for vehicle technicians. Garages, or any maintenance repair employer, will pay an hourly rate for a fully vetted, and fully equipped, intern. The rate will be higher than that of an apprentice.
Nothing, although we do expect that students turn up on time, correctly dressed and equipped and give the internship their full attention. We will equip each student with their own toolbox, if required, worth over £1,000 through our Autotech Academy sponsor, Teng Tools.
Once the internship programme is complete, employers can decide if they want to hire the student on a full-time permanent basis. If not, the intern not only holds their qualification, but has additional training and work experience which will help them find another position within the industry.
We are looking for students who are qualified in one of the following:
City & Guilds:
Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Diploma
Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Diploma NVQ
Level II Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ)
Level II Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence (VCQ)
City & Guilds:
Certificate in Light Vehicle Mechanics' Craft Studies - Part II or III
Certificate in Motor Vehicle Craft Studies, 381 - Part II or III
Certificate in Repair and Servicing of Road Vehicles, 383 - Level II or III
The National Craft Certificate - Motor Vehicle Studies
No, the internship is conditional on the student completing their Level 2-3 qualifications.
Similar to our temporary recruitment model, employers will need to pay the intern an hourly rate. The rate will be higher than an apprentice would be, but all businesses can expect to recover expenses within six weeks. It’s also important to remember that, at the end of the internship, the business will have a fully qualified, brand-loyal, and appropriately trained workshop staff member.
No. If the employer decides to take on the intern on a full-time basis, we will waive our recruitment free.
Through our Autotech Training EV training suite, each intern will receive their IMI, Level 3 Electric/Hybrid Vehicle training and qualification. We will also arrange access to a vehicle manufacturer’s training courses or equivalent standard through our supporting partners, such as ZF, BOSCH, Michelin, Continental, Bridgestone. Additional training to complement the workshop can also be arranged, such as ADAS.
With apprenticeships, the employer will have a young person with no qualifications, who will need weekly day release to attend college. An intern through Autotech Academy will be over 18 and hold at least a Level 2 automotive qualification, plus they will be a full-time employee.
Through Autotech Academy, paid interns will:
- Achieve a placement of 3 to 12 months within a garage or maintenance repair employer
- Receive one-to-one in placement mentoring
- Be paid a realistic, above the minimum, wage
- Be supplied with a starter tool kit suitable for the job role, standard PPE and uniform (if required)
- Have access to other industry and lifestyle benefits
- Have access to a vehicle manufacturer’s training courses or OEM standard training tailored to the client and intern’s requirements
- Receive free of charge IMI Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Level 3, ADAS or other industry-relevant training
Working together, Autotech Academy can help colleges, with no financial outlay:
- Improve student retention
- Improve destination data
- Increase student engagement
- Student learning enrichment
- Increase funding due to higher course enrolment
- Improve course desirability